Mankad has become a very popular term in the Indian cricket circle since last year’s IPL when Ravichandran Ashwin used the unpopular mode of dismissal to get rid of Jos Buttler. In the wake of the incident, he had faced severe criticism from around the world.
The mode of dismissal in which the bowler pulls out of his run-up to run-out the batsman at the non-striker’s end is well within the rules of the game but is widely considered against the spirit of the game. And Deepak Chahar’s cheeky incident during the game against Delhi Capitals must have reminded the fans of Mankad once again.
While all the players were ready for the first delivery of the game, the Chennai Super Kings pacer cheekily pulled out of his run up before turning back and looking at Shikhar Dhawan who was at the non-striker’s end. Realising the danger, Dhawan walked back inside his crease quickly while Deepak Chahar walked back with a wry smile on his face.
This is the second time Deepak Chahar has come up with this action with Dhawan in IPL. Last year, he did the same while his senior India teammate was at the non-striker’s end. The pacer had even gestured towards Dhawan that he could have Mankaded him. But it was all in good fun as the bowler had no intention of dismissing the batsman in that infamous fashion. And even this time around, Deepak Chahar had no intention of dismissing the Delhi Capitals star by disloding the bail at the non-striker’s end.
Here is a clip of the incident: